“This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Miller to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi wrote. Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York and other Democratic lawmakers have demanded that Trump be removed from office, either through invocation of the Constitution's 25th Amendment or via impeachment.
During one meeting, Nixon told a group of congressmen, “I can go into my office and pick up a telephone and in 25 minutes millions of people will be dead,” according to the book “The Final Days” by reporters Bob Woodward, and Carl Bernstein. Earlier in the week, Mathis and the nation's nine other living former Defense secretaries, warned in a Washington Post op-ed that the U.S. military should have no role in determining election outcomes.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she spoke to Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Miller about precautions that could block President Trump from “ordering a nuclear strike” or accessing launch codes and starting military hostilities. “This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Miller to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats.
A spokesman for Miller, Army Col. Dave Butler, said in a brief statement: “Speaker Pelosi initiated a call with the Chairman. The President of the United States has sole authority to order a nuclear strike, and the decision does not have to be approved by Congress or the military.
“I provide advice to the president,” Air Force General John E. Hymen told the Halifax International Security Forum. Pelosi in her letter said she and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer had reached out to Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday to discuss the 25th Amendment, although so far they have not spoken.
The power has remained with the White House since President Harry Truman ordered dropping atomic bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II. Indeed, there is a military aide who shadows the Commander in Chief day and night, carrying the black briefcase commonly referred to as the nuclear football,” packed with attack options and other information needed in a national emergency.
At any moment’s notice, Trump is legally empowered to order a nuclear attack with America’s arsenal of strategic bombers, missile-launching submarines and land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles. The decision to launch a nuclear attack is made by the President and relayed as an order to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, before it sent down the chain of command, according to military documents.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has reached out to the US military about taking away President Trump ’s nuclear authority, an ask that may seem reasonable on the surface, given the violence at the Capitol this week. In a letter to House Democrats Friday, Pelosi told her colleagues that she’d just spoken to the Pentagon about ways to prevent an “unstable” President Donald Trump from launching a nuclear weapon in his remaining days in office.
“This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Miller to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi wrote. She later told House Democrats on a call that Miller assured her there are safeguards in place to prevent the president from ordering an illegal nuclear strike, USA Today reported.
(The Washington insider newsletter Punch bowl reported Friday that some Republicans would be “sure to support the move” to impeach.) Pelosi is a savvy political operator, and painting Trump as not just unhinged but an imminent threat to global security is certainly a way to heighten pressure on members of Congress to support impeachment.
The president, as commander in chief, has sole authority to launch a nuclear weapon for an important reason: speed. That’s the idea that no country would nuke the United States first if it knew America would be able to launch a devastating response.
US adversaries like Russia, China, and North Korea need to know that the US could launch a nuclear strike in minutes if need be, without any snags in the chain of command slowing things down or otherwise muddling the process. There’s no evidence whatsoever to suggest any country has a plan or desire to start a nuclear war with the United States in the next two weeks.
What she emphatically can’t do is tell the military not to comply with a lawful order from the President of the United States to launch a nuclear weapon. In the heat of battle, the US military might detect an incoming nuclear attack from, say, North Korea, and the president could decide to respond with a similar strike.
Either way, the president is the one who ultimately decides to put the process of launching a nuclear strike in motion, but he still has a few steps to complete. 3) Trump talks with military and civilian advisers A key person Trump must talk to is the Pentagon’s director of operations in charge of the National Military Command Center, or “war room,” the heart of the Defense Department that directs nuclear command and control.
Trump could also consult Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, and Gen. Miller, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, in that conversation as well. This involves unlocking various safes, entering a series of codes, and turning keys to launch the missiles.
It’s understandable that some might be nervous about what Trump could do in the remaining days of his presidency, angry, disgruntled, and with nothing left to lose. Trump called on a rally of his supporters to march to the Capitol to demand Congress not certify the results of the election.
And it’s understandable that some would fear having a man that reckless in charge of a nuclear arsenal with the potential to destroy the world. But egging on a crowd of unruly supporters is not the same as deliberately, knowingly, purposely launching a nuclear weapon that would kill tens of thousands of people.
That doesn’t even take into account the numbers of Americans who would likely be killed in retaliation if the country Trump attacked also has nuclear weapons. Researchers at Princeton’s Science and Global Security Lab estimated in 2019 that even a “limited” nuclear war could cause 90 million casualties (meaning people killed or injured) in just a few hours.
Trump has said many times that he learned about the destructive power of nuclear weapons at an early age from his uncle John, a professor at MIT who was a renowned scientific mind. “He was a brilliant scientist,” Trump said in another Playboy interview, this time in 2004, “and he would tell me weapons are getting so powerful today that humanity is in tremendous trouble.
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Washington: Concerns on Friday over US President Donald Trump's mental state have drawn focus on his power to unleash a nuclear attack. Two days after Trump supporters, under his encouragement, stormed the US Capitol and shut down Congress, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she had contacted the Pentagon's top general, Mark Miller, to understand how to prevent “an unhinged president” from using the secret nuclear launch codes to order a nuclear strike.
Congress cannot interfere, and the leaders of the Pentagon, the generals and civilians, are bound to transmit his order, whether they agree with it or not. But once the president decides -- whether after much deliberation or in a fit of anger -- “neither the military nor Congress can overrule these orders,” said a December report on nuclear command and control from the Congressional Research Service.
He would make use of a card of codes unique to himself, called the “biscuit”, to certify his identification as the commander-in-chief empowered to order a launch. The launch order would then be transmitted to the US Strategic Command, where an officer would confirm it came from the president and execution would take place.
In all of this, there are no exceptions in the system of nuclear command and control for a scenario in which the president is seen to be mentally unstable and ignores the advice of his generals. AP Images House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced today that she spoke with the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to stop President Trump launching a nuclear attack.
And the House of Representatives will impeach him, she warned, if Vice President Mike Pence and the cabinet do not remove him by invoking the 25th Amendment to the Constitution. She knew her party’s information ministry, the mainstream media, would use it and attempt to terrify the American people.
“This morning, I spoke to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Miller to discuss available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” Pelosi wrote. The situation of this unhinged President could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.
Given the speed with which GOP senators surrendered to the radical Left in the last two days, Trump ’s acquittal in another impeachment trial is uncertain. On August 24, Pelosi called the president and Republicans, and by implication their voters and supporters, “domestic enemies.” Four days later, an angry mob of leftists attacked Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and others as they departed the White House after Trump ’s speech to the Republican National Convention.